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Catholic adoption agency fights to retain right to discriminate against same-sex couples

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  1. Bigoted people like this shouldn’t be allowed to work with children and make damaging decisions about their lives! Shut them down!

  2. Prey tell how single parents comply with the churches teachings????

  3. They just don’t get it, do they? Supernatural beliefs don’t and shouldn’t let you off obeying the same laws as the rest of us.
    All adoption agencies should be secular, and operate on strictly empirical and rational approaches to the welfare of children. The latter should not be put up for adoption on the basis of belief in invisible spirits.

  4. discrimination is not acceptable
    there’s no rational reason for the catholic agency to discriminate

  5. Jess Conrad 7 Oct 2010, 8:30pm


  6. Their priority should be finding the best homes for the children NOT promoting their own personal and unproven beliefs. If they feel they can’t do that then they shouldn’t be involved in adoption.

    I don’t understand people who seem to be so desperate to maintain the right to discriminate. Do they not realise how petty and hateful they seem?

    Gay parents can be excellent parents. In fact, didn’t that recent study say lesbians were better parents than a straight couple?

  7. Go and ask Tory homophobe Theresa [Dis]May. She’ll tell you the religious have rights too …. Duhhhh

  8. bunch of cnuts I wish they’d all fcuk off and die

  9. Jock S. Trap 8 Oct 2010, 12:28pm

    What part of “in breach of European and British equality and human rights laws” don’t they get?

    I question the right of religious people to have children then teach them their bigotted, discriminating, hateful ways. Therefore preaching on lies and dishonesty.

    How does that best serve a childs interests in growing to be respectful and open minded?

  10. All that money spent on fighting the case(s) is now not available to children who are in need of being placed in a loving home. Fabulous(!) What a waste. I hope they go bankrupt as a result.

  11. Let them waste their money on this. They havent got a hope in hell of succeeding.

    With the Catholic Church’s history on child abuse, should they even be allowed to run an adoption agency???

  12. People should also remember that the Scottish “government” allowed a catholic charity to amend its objects to evade the Equality Act. I heard a slogan the other day: “Home rule is Rome rule.”That may be a little extreme but it does indicate to me that the Scottish ministers are frightened of the papists.

  13. Tim Hopkins 8 Oct 2010, 2:58pm

    Harry, St Margaret’s adoption agency in Glasgow has not succeeded in evading the Equality Act, even though it did amend its objects.

    St Margaret’s did not need the Scottish Govt’s permission to make that amendment, but you are right that the Scottish Govt shamefully advised St Margaret’s to do it, something that obviously raises questions about the Scottish Govt’s commitment to LGBT equality.

    However, the amendments to St Margaret’s objects do not, according to the experts we at the Equality Network have asked, allow the agency to legally turn away same-sex couples. If they do discriminate against same-sex couples they are breaking the law.

    However, the exact meaning of the law in this area is still open to debate – in part because the wording changed slightly last Friday when the new Equality Act 2010 came into effect, and in part because the Leeds case is still under appeal.

    But there is no doubt that the UK Govt intended when passing the law, and believe now, that the law bans any of this kind of discrimination. It is “reserved” law, that can only be changed at UK level, not in Scotland, so whatever the Scottish Govt think about it, I am glad to say that they cannot change it.

  14. I’m pleased they’re appealing. They’re almost certain to lose the appeal, but in doing so they’ll establish a precedent from a higher court which is harder to overthrow. We should be pleased about this.

  15. Anthony Bermon 11 Oct 2010, 2:08pm

    Tim Hopkins #13 – I have 2 seperate letters from the Scottish Government’s Minister for Children and Early Years, Adam Ingram, confirming that St. Margaret’s are allowed to turn away gay people because of the part fo the regulations that allow exemption for religous organisations. If what you say is true, then St. Margaret’s are currently breaking the law and the Scottish Government is helping them to do so – maybe it’s about time someone did something about it – I’ve written to sevearal MSPs and MEPs but nobody seems willing to challange the Scottish Government. As an individual, I don’t know what else I can do. Also, I have a letter from Adam Ingram saying that St. Margaret’s receive funding from the Scottish Government, including “20,000 to help them adapt to the new laws, which they didn’t do, they just got around them, therefore they shouldn’t have taken the money. It’s about time people in Scotland take a good look at the SNP and ask why they are so content to let example of homophobia like this happen because this is far from the only one.

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